KW 12: Austrian postal service relies on the 0G system, Infineon benefits from Cypress takeover, Swarm satellites of the TU Berlin to start this week


Austrian postal service relies on the 0G system: The postal service in Austria has been using a 0G network from the French telecommunications company Sigfox since the end of last year. The IoT network is available across borders without additional roaming charges in 72 countries and is intended to optimize the postal service’s mobile infrastructure. Like the German postal service, the company has been struggling with increasing parcel shipments for years. 2020 was a record year for the Austrian Post AG with a growth of 30 percent in the parcel business.

Infineon benefits from Cypress takeover: Around one year ago, the largest German semiconductor manufacturer, Infineon, took over the American chip company Cypress. The acquisition of the immediate competitor soon proved to be a blessing for the listed company from Neubiberg. Both companies have now presented their first joint project: the “Airoc” system, through which game consoles, computer glasses and intelligent speakers can be wirelessly connected to the internet via WLAN and Bluetooth. In five years, half of all German households could be equipped with it.

Swarm satellites of the TU Berlin to start this week: After the start had to be delayed several times, the BEESAT Cube satellites of the TU Berlin will now be sent into orbit on March 22nd. The intelligent swarm satellites will be brought into low, polar earth orbit by a Russian Soyuz capsule and will then fly over the area at an altitude of around 560 kilometers. Space travel hopes that this will bring valuable advances in satellite communications.

“Building IoT” trade fair will take place digitally for the first time this week: On March 24th and 25th, this year’s “building IoT” trade fair will take place completely online for the first time. The event is organized by heise Developer, iX and dpunkt.verlag and is aimed at IT professionals who create applications and products for the Internet of Things. Those interested can still buy tickets.

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Sanctioned Chinese companies as OEM manufacturers for German companies: Last week, the United States blacklisted five Chinese companies on suspicion of espionage for the Chinese government and declared them a threat to national security. However, three of the five groups are still in use as OEM manufacturers for well-known companies whose products are also widespread in large numbers in Germany and Europe. This means that their technology could still be used “undercover” in products from well-known manufacturers such as Abus or Panasonic, according to IoT Inspector Rainer M. Richter.

High-tech project Gaia-X is not making headway: German politicians from across parties and states are drumming up support for the European cloud project Gaia-X. In practice, however, the prestige project threatens to stand still because there is a lack of government contracts, at least according to Telekom subsidiary T-Systems. The company warns that not only is there a lack of commitment from the public sector, there is also a lack of the necessary development of critical basic components for Gaia-X. Without these, however, there can be no products based on Gaia-X services.

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Vodafone subsidiary makes biggest stock market debut of the year: Vantage Towers, the radio tower division of British telecommunications company Vodafone, has completed the biggest IPO of the year to date. While the issue price of the shares was still 24 euros, the price registered an increase of 1.5 percent within one day. With the IPO, the parent company Vodafone raised around 2.3 billion euros in one fell swoop. The IPO of Vantage Towers in Germany thus surpasses the debut of the online used car dealer Auto1, which had raised “only” 1.8 billion euros. According to Vantage Towers boss Vivek Badrinath, the income will flow into the expansion of the 5G mobile network.


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Federal Network Agency sees no reason to take action on slow 5G networks: The new 5G mobile communications standard promises unprecedented transmission rates, without which technologies such as the Internet of Things would be inconceivable. But many network operators are barely expanding the 5G network in the powerful 3.6 GHz frequencies. For example, Telekom mainly builds in the 2.1 GHz band, which enables a maximum transmission rate of 225 Mbit/s. When asked about the problem, however, the Federal Network Agency declines: “The requirements usually do not relate to a specific frequency or technology. In particular, the specified data rates of 100 Mbit/s can be achieved with both 4G and 5G,” said official spokesman Michael Reifenberg to online portal

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